States - 2016 MARCH

March 1

Hyderabad varsity’s exam reforms to help Dalit students.
The University of Hyderabad (UoH) is planning major reforms in the examination system to make things easier for Dalit students who come from a difficult background.
Plans are also afoot to constitute a panel of senior professors, which will act as a filter for issues which go to proctorial board.
The decisions of proctorial board are generally tough to be reviewed in any university. We want to provide another window to settle any issue in a student-friendly manner
There will be no delay or disruption in the admission schedule for the next academic year, the process of which begins next month.

March 2

Telangana tourism introduces luxury catamaran yacht rides on Hussain Sagar.
Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation has launched two new catamaran yachts for the Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad in the presence of tennis star and brand ambassador for Telangana Sania Mirza.
The new catamaran boats have been procured from the US and will be available to ferry the public from today at the picturesque Hussain Sagar lake.
The boats can accommodate 12-15 members per trip with a charge of Rs. 100 per person.

March 4

Visakhapatnam has potential to be a major manufacturing hub.
Visakhapatnam has all the advantages to become a major manufacturing hub in the Make in India campaign.
There was no land problem for the industry, as more than 9,000 acres was available and some more would be acquired near Anakapalle for future needs.
Make in India campaign was to push the share of manufacturing in the GDP from the present 16 per cent to 25 per cent by 2022, creating 100 million jobs.

March 5

Telangana to take up 5 irrigation projects with Central assistance.
The Centre has agreed to provide financial assistance to five irrigation projects in Telangana under AIBP (Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme) and the newly-launched Pradhan Manthri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY).
The Union Minister was requested to increase funding under AIBP from the present 25 to 60 per cent of the total cost of the each project.
The allocations for the projects taken up in extremist affected areas in Maharashtra, Telangana and Chhattisgarh.

March 6

AP per capita income goes up, hopeful of strong growth.
In spite of the unscientific bifurcation of State of Andhra Pradesh, which had put tremendous pressure on the revenues of the residual State, and severe bottlenecks, AP has achieved appreciable progress in the achieving the objective of inclusive growth.
As per advanced estimated, the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) at constant (2011-12) market prices, registered a growth of 10.99 per cent as against the corresponding national growth of 7.6 per cent.
The Government’s vision is to make AP among the top three performing states by 2022, top performing state by 2020 and the best destination in the world by 2050.

March 7

AP to add 619 MW solar power capacity by April.
Andhra Pradesh is on course to adding about 619 MW of solar energy by April, thereby taking the total installed capacity past the 1000 MW.
The State has about 1300 MW of wind and solar power generation capacity. Of this, 1150 MW is wind and about 150 MW solar power generation capacity.
The State has initiated three major projects under the solar parks initiative, two of them of 1000 MW each taken up by NTPC in Anantapur and Kurnool districts respectively, and another 500 MW solar project of AP Genco.

March 9

Maharashtra and Telangana sign historic pacts on water sharing.
Maharashtra and Telangana sign historic pacts on water sharing.
Both states agree to construct five barrages to share water for irrigation. Telangana and Maharashtra governments have signed an MoU for the construction of five barrages on Penganga and Godavari rivers.
Out of these, three barrages will be constructed by the Telangana State and two barrages by Maharashtra government.
The barrage would allow irrigation of 16.4 lakh acres in Telangana and over 50,000 acres in some tribal areas of Maharashtra with the help of four small lift irrigation schemes.

March 10

Telangana targets 15% growth in GSDP.
The Telangana government is targeting a growth rate of 15 per cent in the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) in 2016-17.
The State's economy was expected to grow at 11.7 per cent in 2015-16 as per the Advanced Estimates of GSDP.
The national growth of GDP was put at 8.6 per cent.
The GSDP is estimated to be Rs. 5.83 lakh crore in 2015-16 at current prices.
Power capacity:
Power utilities achieved a financial closure to the tune of Rs. 91,500 crore to build this capacity.
Besides setting up aerospace parks, the government would begin work on the Phase-I of Medak National Investment and Manufacturing Zone.

March 11

Andhra Pradesh presents a tax-free budget.
Balancing development with social welfare, Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu presented a tax-free budget which has planned an expenditure of Rs. 1,35,689 crore during 2016-17.
While the non-Plan expenditure is pegged at Rs. 86,554 crore, up 10 per cent, the Plan is projected at Rs. 49,134 crore, an increase of about 43 per cent over the revised estimates this fiscal. The Budget for 2016-17 entails an outlay of over 20 per cent over the budget estimates of 2015-16.
Fiscal Deficit:
The State has projected a revenue deficit to be around Rs. 4,568 crore, at 2.99 per cent of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP), the fiscal deficit is expected to be Rs. 20,457 crore, 0.71 per cent of GSDP, according to the Finance Minister.
Seed equity for Amaravati:
Andhra Pradesh has provided Rs. 1,500 crore for development of the Greenfield capital city of Amaravati towards seed equity of the State government.
This equity contribution would enable the Capital Region Development Authority to mobilise additional resources required for the construction of the capital from the infrastructure financing institutions and the markets.
The Centre would provide Rs. 3,500 crore for the construction of Polavaram and Rs. 1,000 crore for Amaravati.

March 12

Per capita income in Andhra Pradesh tops Rs. 1 lakh mark on growth agenda.
The per capita income of Andhra Pradesh has crossed the magical figure of Rs. 1 lakh per annum and estimated to be Rs. 1,07,532. The State believes this increase was due to inclusive growth supported by a development agenda.
Providing economic insights, the survey outlines, while the Gross State Domestic Product is Rs. 6,03,376 crore for 2015-16, the growth rate achieved during the current fiscal is estimated to be about 10.5 per cent, as against 7.3 per cent of the country.
Salary and pensions account for a major chunk of the non-Plan expenditure with salary accounting for Rs. 33,776 crore outgo and pensions Rs. 16,140 crore with interest payments accounting for Rs. 12,258 crore and loan repayments Rs. 5,554 crore.

March 13

Telangana budget focuses on irrigation, to spend Rs. 26,000 crore.
Telangana Finance Minister Eatala Rajender today presented a budget with an outlay of Rs. 1,30,415 crore for the financial year 2016-17 with bulk of allocations going for the irrigation sector.
The budget size last year was Rs. 1,15,000 crore.
A little less than one-third of the planned expenditure of Rs. 67,631 crore has been allocated for the irrigation sector for spending on the government’s flagship programmes Mission Bhagiratha and Mission Kakatiya.

March 14

Telangana GSDP grows 9.2 per cent.
The State Gross Domestic Product (GSDP) of Telangana has grown at 9.2 per cent at the constant prices during 2015-16 to Rs. 4,68,656 crore as against 8.8 per cent during 2014-15.
The GSDP, which is the value of total goods and services produced in the State during the year under review, grew by 11.7 per cent at the current prices compared to 13.4 per cent growth in the year-ago period, according to the Socio Economic Outlook 2016 which was released along with the budget 2016 in the State Assembly
The district-wise per capita income (PCI) arrived on the basis of analysis of 2014-15 data at current prices reveal that Hyderabad had the highest PCI at Rs. 2.94 lakh, followed by Rangareddy and Medak districts.

March 15

AP CM to launch broadband connectivity project.
The Andhra Pradesh government is planning to provide broadband connectivity to all homes and the first phase of the project is to be launched
The infrastructure to offer broadband connectivity will be available in Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts with completion of cable-laying work.
Under the project, 15 Mbps broadband connection will be provided at Rs. 149 per month for households and 100 Mbps for offices at Rs. 999.

March 16

India aviation 2016 begins in Hyderbad.
The five-day India Aviation meet begins in hyderabad, with global players keen on expanding their presence in the country.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation, along with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, is organising the fifth edition of the meet at Begumpet Airport, inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Theme of this year’s show, in which over 200 firms are expected to participate, is 'Indian Civil Aviation Sector: Potential as Global Manufacturing & MRO Hub'.

March 17

Amazon offers to help startups in AP.
Global e-commerce major Amazon has offered help to Andhra Pradesh in building start-up ecosystem in the new State.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Managing Director Peter Moore held a meeting with Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to explore opportunities for business.
The Chief Minister asked the AWS team to prepare a plan to make the State a role model in using the cloud services.

March 18

US panel desirous on green energy sector.
A high-level economic and business delegation from the United States met Principal Secretary for Industries and Energy, Telangana government, Arvind Kumar to work with the State government in the field of renewable energy sector and to be a technological partner in the green hub project in the State.
State Government had a target to generate 2,500 MW solar power by the end of this year.
State was preparing to set up an incubation centre for renewable energy start-ups next year.

March 19

Denmark firm to set up pumps manufacturing unit near Hyderabad.
Desmi Technology a leading international manufacturer of pumps and pump solutions plans to set up a plant on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
Desmi Technology headed by its CEO Henrik Knudsen and Lars Boldt Rasmussen called on the Telangana Industries Minister Jupally Krishna Rao in the Secretariat and conveyed its interest to start a plant in Hyderabad.
Desmi Technology is planning to set up Indian operations under the Make in India programme.
Desmi Technology operating in India for the last 3 years as a Liaison office. Current turnover in India is Rs. 15 crore and the plan is to achieve Rs. 100 crore by 2020.

March 20

Telangana inks pact with French aviation trainer.
To train professionals in aviation and aerospace, the Telangana government has tied up with Aero Campus Aquitaine and Bordeaux Metropole of France.
The French company plans to set up an academy to train local talent in addition to skilled workforce for the maintenance, repair and overhaul.
The pact aims at training at least 1,000 students a year in aerospace and related areas.
These courses will be of various durations from few weeks to one year. They take 300 students in the first batch to begin with. And subsequently this number will go up to 1,500 to 2,000.
This academy will come up at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad.

March 21

First Global Telangana Convention in America.
Telanganites from across the globe will participate in the first ever Global Telangana Convention to be held at Dallas, Texas from June 3 to 5.
Organised by the Telangana Development Forum (TDF)
About 5,000 people from across the globe are expected to participate in the event.
Delegates showing interest to attend this leadership summit from all over US, Canada, UK, Israel, Australia and Gulf countries.
50 committees are being formed involving professionals, women, college students, remarked Chair of TDF USA.

March 22

Wonderla Holidays to open Rs. 250 crore facility in Hyderabad.
Amusement park operator Wonderla Holidays Ltd is set to commission its Hyderabad amusement park developed near the Hyderabad international airport with an outlay of Rs. 250 crore.
The amusement park near the airport has been set up on a 50-acre site in a record 18 months’ time and will be formally launched next month.
The park will have the capacity to entertain over 10,000 people daily and will have 43 exciting land and water-based rides to thrill all age groups.
The park has developed a rainwater harvesting system and set up a 1 MW solar plant.
The company has outlined plans to set up its next park near Chennai, which may entail an outlay of Rs. 300 crore, while expanding its Bengaluru park with an investment of Rs. 150 crore and the Kochi park with Rs. 50 crore.

March 23

Photonic alternative to pitot tube developed.
A thin metre-long tube protruding from the nose of every aircraft, which is an air pressure measurement device and an essential component in the flight system.
The tube creates a gap in the aircraft cone-based sensors and research efforts are on to find a replacement. Gayatri Vidya Parishad Scientific and Industrial Research Centre (GVP-SIRC) in vishakapatanam has developed – taraNi – a photonic system based on back-scattering of light with measurement in nano-meter resolution.
It is a compact, lightweight, cheap, direct detection optical system that can directly measure wind speed and direction, density, pressure and temperature of a body of air, ahead of a moving aircraft.
It was designed and developed, based on novel theoretical considerations, 600+ laboratory experiments at GVP-SIRC and field trials and new algorithms.

March 24

Narayana Murthy to flag off Telangana ICT Policy.
Infosys founder N.R. Narayana Murthy will formally release the ICT Policy of Telangana
The release of the Information and Communication Technology policy held at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC).
The policy is expected to offer more sops than that are offered in the Industrial Policy announced a year ago.
The policy would have a special focus on start-ups.

March 25

ITC to set up Rs. 450 crore unit to make bleached chemi-thermo mechanical pulp in Bhadrachalam.
ITC Ltd is setting up a Rs. 450 crore unit at Bhadrachalam, Telangana with a capacity of 1 lakh tonnes per annum to manufacture bleached chemi-thermo mechanical pulp (BCTMP), an import substitute item.
This will be the first plant in India manufacturing “Made in India BCTMP” resulting in a saving of $50 million per annum of foreign exchange.
This will be grown and procured through farm forestry plantation activities, thereby creating significant livelihood opportunities for farmers.
The project, located at the Bhadrachalam unit of ITC Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division in Khammam district of Telangana, is expected to be completed by Q3 of FY17. The bleached chemi thermo mechanical pulp is used in middle portion of Virgin packaging paperboards.
ITC has invested in a wind energy project at Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh in 2014 by installing a 14 MW wind farm to supply to its units at Chirala and Anaparti. In addition, the company has also invested in a 36-MW wind farm to supply to its unit in Bhadrachalam. This project was planned in the year 2013.

March 26

BHEL commissions 600 Mw power plant in Telangana.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a Maharatna central public sector enterprise, has successfully commissioned a 600 Mw coal-based thermal power plant in Telangana.
The unit has been commissioned at the upcoming 2x600 Mw Singareni thermal power project located in Adilabad district. Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) has successfully diversified into the power generation business.
The company commissioned 85 per cent of the coal-based power stations in Telangana amounting to 5,180 Mw.

March 28

Coca-Cola donates two RO plants to the community at Srikalahasti in Andhra pradesh.
Marking the ‘World Water Week’, Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Private Limited formally dedicated two reverse osmosis (RO) water plants to the community at Srikalahasti.
The initiative was part of the ‘NTR Sujala Sravanthi’, a scheme taken up by the state Government to supply drinking water to rural areas.
The two R.O. plants with 3,000 LPH capacity will augment the availability of potable water in the temple town of Srikalahasti.
The company also constructed a culvert on irrigation canal connecting Marrimakulachenu Kandriga habitation with Kapugunneri village.

March 29

SBI aims to be total digital bank in 5 years in Andhra pradesh.
SBI is aiming to become a ‘total digital bank’ in the next five years.
The branch would have all the facilities for the customers such as video conferencing, ATM, CDM, and others available throughout day and night in a separate enclave and the rest of the branch would function from 10 am to 5 pm.
It will be a digital branch in which the customer can open an account all by himself or herself, take out the passbook, deposit or withdraw cash, and also get wealth management advice.
There will only be a manager and another employee to assist the customers.
SBI also launched “bank on wheels” in Hyderabad, with the bank being located in a vehicle and moving about the city to meet customer needs.

March 30

SFURTI sanctions Rs. 1.75 crore to Kondapalli artisans in Andhra Pradesh.
The Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) Central government’s Small and Medium Industries Department has sanctioned Rs. 1.75 crore for Kondapalli artisans.
The sanctioned amount, Rs. 1.45 crore is a Central government grant, while remaining amount is implement agency grant.
Kondapalli Wood Craft Cluster has high skill base comprising of 250 artisans engaged in production of toys and products such as animals and birds, male and female figures depicting rural life.

March 31

KRU to sign pact with Greater Chicago Metropolitan.
The Krishna University will collaborate with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District), an independent U.S. government and taxing body, to offer a post graduate diploma course in water, waste water resource treatment technology.
The talks with the Chicago-based body have been completed for collaboration for exchange of teaching expertise and scientific information to offer the one-day diploma course.
The academic collaboration with the U.S governing body was aimed at grooming candidates in the arenas of study on water quality and various parameters of water including brackish and sweet water.
The Krishna University will also offer a one-year diploma in aquaculture technology and management.
The course in aquaculture will fill the gap between the entrepreneurs and the aqua companies, which desperately in need of pond managers and other middle-level technical staff.
The Andhra Pradesh State government has in principal allocated Rs. 40 crore for construction of the university’s own buildings at Rudravaram near Machilipatnam.